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Interview with Dance Your Azz Off Contestant Karla Guy, 10/01/2009
erview with Dance Your Azz Off Contestant Karla Guy
by Editor Maddy Figueroa-Jones

This past Summer audiences enjoyed a reality show that incorporated dance and weight loss - while some of the audience would have rather watch a dance show that did not incorporate a weight loss aspect, Oxygen's Dance Your Azz Off was still a huge success. Once contestant was particularly memorable as she found humor in all aspects of her experience and this month she brings a lighthearted view of her experience to PLUS.

[Maddy] Tell us a little about yourself... Were you always the "funny" kid in class?

[Karla] "Long before I knew what it was called... I was the Comedienne of the family; everyone should have one. " I moved around a lot when I was little which has made me who I am today. I always had to make new friends each time we moved. Sometimes I was popular, sometimes I wasn't but what stayed constant was my innate ability to make people laugh. I was always and will always be the "funny kid in class" (lol and getting in trouble too! ~boy did I have all the fun)

[Maddy] At what point did you know you wanted to be in the entertainment industry?

[Karla] I don't recall the moment that I said I wanted to become an entertainer, I think I just always knew. My mother once told me when I was younger I used to say, "When I grow up I'm going to be a famous singer." The acting bug first bit me when I played a turtle in second grade. I used to sing and dance around the house like Shirley Temple and my favorite singer was Judy Garland.

[Maddy] We all know that "Hollywood" does not openly embrace people with meat on their bones. How have you been able to successfully make a name for yourself?

[Karla] It's been tough but I think Hollywood is becoming more diverse in casting in regards to all types and the standard cookie cutter platform is becoming more mixed.

[Maddy]  Tell me about why you decided to compete for a spot on the Oxygen Channel show Dance Your Azz Off.

[Karla] I made a decision about two years ago that I would do whatever it took to lose weight. I bought every book known to man on weight loss. When the opportunity came to be on Dance Your Ass Off I said ok this is your opportunity to make a change and finally get healthy in a fun way!

[Maddy] Could you tell us about your experience on the show? Was it as much fun as it looked?

[Karla] Let's just say the hard work was equal to the fun we had. We had 2 hrs of dance rehearsal with our partners about 4 times a week. We also worked out 2 hours a day on our own and we had a trainer twice a week.  My favorite part of the show was performing in front of a live audience. Being on the show was really a life changing experience.



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